A Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic record available to authorised NHS health care staff treating you in urgent or emergency situations anywhere in England. It contains key information from your GP record: medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions you have had to medicines. It has been introduced to improve the safety and quality of your care.
It is your choice whether or not you have a Summary Care Record. You have either received a letter asking you if you want a Summary Care Record or you were asked when you registered with your GP surgery.
If you decide to have one, you don’t need to do anything and one is automatically created for you. If you decide you don’t want one, you need to let your GP practice know. Your GP practice will be able to tell you if they have created a Summary Care Record for you or not.
If you are a child under the age of 16, a Summary Care Record is automatically created for you. Your parents or guardian can opt you out but ultimately, because of their duty of care to a child, it is the GP’s decision as to whether you have one created. When you turn 16 you can make your own decision – you can choose to have one if a parent or guardian previously opted you out, or you can opt out if you so decide. Once you make a decision you will need to let your GP practice know.
How will this benefit me?
- Healthcare staff will have quicker access to essential information such as prescriptions and any allergies you have, so they can provide more effective care.
- In an emergency you may not always be able to provide doctors and nurses with the information they need to give you the right treatment – you may not remember the name of your current medication or the allergies you have; or you could arrive in A&E unconscious. A Summary Care Record will ensure you receive safe and effective treatment quickly in these kinds of situations.
- If you have an accident and are away from home, healthcare staff will be able to access your Summary Care Record to help treat you more effectively and efficiently.
Adding more information to your Summary Care Record – the Enhanced Summary Care Record
Additional information can be added to your SCR by your GP practice (this is known as an Enhanced Summary Care Record) and is a summary of information about your medical history.
|Please note: by default your GP records are not shared with any other NHS organisation. In order for your Enhanced Summary Care Record to be available to providers such as hospitals, A&E departments, the Out of Hours Services, 111 and the Ambulance Service, you will need to fill out a consent form (which can be downloaded here) and return this to your GP surgery to enable them to update your records to allow sharing.|
An Enhanced Summary Care record can include the following:
- Your long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart problems or rare medical conditions.
- Your relevant medical history – clinical procedures that you have had, why you need a particular medicine, the care you are currently receiving and clinical advice to support your future care.
- Your healthcare needs and personal preferences – you may have particular communication needs, a long term condition that needs to be managed in a particular way, or you may have made legal decisions or have preferences about your care that you would like to be known.
- Immunisations – details of previous vaccinations, such as tetanus and routine childhood jabs.
Please note that specific sensitive information such as any fertility treatments, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy terminations or gender reassignment will not be included, unless you specifically ask for any of these items to be included.
How will additional information help me?
Essential details about your healthcare can be very difficult to remember, particularly when you are unwell. Having additional information in your Enhanced Summary Care Record means that when you need healthcare this information will be available to the clinician providing treatment for you, no matter which NHS organisation they work for.
There are already clear benefits for your care from having medication, allergy and adverse reaction information available through your regular Summary Care Record. If you choose to add additional information through the Enhanced Summary Care Record, this can further increase the quality of your care. Additional information can also empower you if you need some help to communicate your complex care needs.
Downloadable Forms and Information
|The NHS leaflet – further information on the Enhanced Summary Care Record||NHS eSCR Leaflet|
|Sign up to the “Enhanced Summary Care Record”||Enhanced SCR Application Form|
|An ‘opt out’ form for the Summary Care Record||Concequences of not having SCR|
|The consequences of not having a summary care record||Opt Out Request|